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Jellied Cranberry Sauce or Whole Berry Cranberry sauce

Make this easy homemade jellied cranberry sauce or whole berry cranberry sauce using our fresh Cranberry sauce recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 65kcal
Author Evelyn


  • 12 oz. package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of 1/2 an orange


  • Using your zester, zest one whole orange and then juice one half of the same orange.   We use this zester because it never reaches so far as to cut into the bitter white part of the orange.   Easy to hold and it’s safer. 
  • Place a package of fresh cranberries in a small saucepan and add the water and sugar
  • Add the zest of 1 orange and the juice of 1/2 an orange and bring to a boil or medium-high heat. 
  • After bringing them to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the berries break down and burst about 10-12 minutes.
  • Finish by crushing any whole berries with a potato masher.  If you wish to have whole berry cranberry sauce then less mashing or if your family would rather have jellied cranberry sauce then mash them completely. 
  • Cool to room temperature before serving or it may be placed in the refrigerator


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 17g